Intellectual property

Buddle Findlay offers a full spectrum of intellectual property services, drawing on a worldwide network to protect clients in New Zealand and internationally.


Our intellectual property team offers clients a full range of intellectual property services based on wide experience gained at international law firms, patent attorney firms, and in public sector policy and industry roles.

We act for a wide range of public and private sector clients on intellectual property related issues, including patent and brand protection, in New Zealand and overseas.

Our national intellectual property team is led by Partner Hamish Selby and senior practitioners John Glengarry (Consultant) and Sophie Thoreau (Special Counsel).  With harmonisation of Australian and New Zealand intellectual property laws opening the two markets to practitioners from both countries, the team regularly files and prosecutes trade mark and design applications directly in Australia and New Zealand.

The team files directly in a number of Pacific Island nations and has a network of experienced trade mark agents and other intellectual property practitioners around the world which it uses to help protect clients' brands and other intellectual property elsewhere.

Given the multitude of copyright issues in the intellectual property area, all our practitioners are experienced in copyright law.  We also offer patent advisory and dispute services.  We help select and brief appropriate patent attorneys for patent registry matters.

We provide intellectual property establishment, registration, management and transactional services and complement this by offering a full range of dispute resolution services, including litigation.

Our services include creating trade marks and clearing trade marks and designs for use and registration, registering trade marks and designs, preventing registration and getting trade marks and designs off registers, managing trade mark and design portfolios, including trade mark watching services and renewals, documenting and recording intellectual property transfers such as assignments and licences, dealing with securities over intellectual property, strategic intellectual property advice including due diligence and intellectual property registration programmes, unregistered trade mark protection (passing off and the Fair Trading Act), domain name registration and domain name disputes, advertising standards complaints and broadcasting standards complaints, patent advisory, dispute resolution and litigation, copyright, transactional support (financing and structuring, licensing, franchising, and research and development), anti-counterfeiting and dispute resolution, including registered and unregistered trade mark, patent and copyright litigation.

  • Member of International Trademark Association (INTA)
  • Member of Asian Patent Attorneys Association (APAA)
  • Member of Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand (IPSANZ)

Work highlights

Advising Nestlé Health Science

on the acquisition of The Better Health Company (which includes the brands GO Healthy and Egmont Honey)

Advising NZX

listed Good Spirits Hospitality on the acquisition of Nourish Group

Acting for UMF Honey Association

in successful legal proceedings for enforcement of unregistered trade mark rights in the term UNIQUE MANUKA FACTOR for manuka honey

Acting for Freightways Express

in successful legal proceedings for enforcement of registered trade mark rights in relation to the PARCELINE trade mark for courier services

Acting for Ngāi Tahu Tourism

in successful legal proceedings for enforcement of unregistered trade mark rights in red-coloured jet boats

Trade mark portfolio management services

for British American Tobacco, Colgate-Palmolive, Yahoo!, Auckland Council, University of Auckland, Freightways Group, Te Runanga o Ngāi Tahu, Ngāi Tahu Tourism, UMF Honey Association, Mr Apple, JUCY, Green Cross Health, Vend, Abano Healthcare, Daiken New Zealand, Stonewood Homes, Saint Clair Family Estate Wines, Rod McDonald Wines and others

Our team

Allan Yeoman

Partner, Auckland

Allan is a partner in Buddle Findlay's Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) team. He specialises in providing…

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Amy Ryburn

Partner, Wellington
Board of Management

Amy specialises in commercial contracting and procurement, with a particular focus on technology, media and telecommunications (TMT)…

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Hamish Selby

Partner, Auckland

Hamish specialises in intellectual property and leads the Buddle Findlay intellectual property team…

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Philip Wood

Partner, Auckland

Philip specialises in providing commercial, IT, telecommunication, media and television/film sector advice including strategic advice…

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Renee Stiles

Partner, Wellington

Renee is a member of our Wellington corporate and commercial team, specialising in information and communication technology…

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